Santa Claus Scheduled to Arrive by Helicopter Dec. 15 in Leesburg

Santa Claus Scheduled to Arrive by Helicopter Dec. 15 in Leesburg

Santa Claus traditionally comes by sleigh, or sometimes by fire engine. He has even been spotted riding the rails on the Polar Express.

In Leesburg, it just isn’t Christmas until Papa Noel drops in by helicopter.

A full day of family activities is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 to greet Santa’s arrival at Virginia Village Shopping Center in Leesburg.

Families will have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus and have their picture taken with him. Children also can create a special gift for their loved ones. The Leesburg Farmer’s Market will be in full operation and food trucks and other vendors will be making holiday cookies, cider and hot chocolate.

This event is free for the entire family. However, guests are asked to visit for additional information and to RSVP. Even though the event is free, attendees are asked to RSVP, either online or before the event at the door.

This long-standing tradition of Santa using the Virginia Village parking lot as his holiday LZ was started by a local radio station in the 1960s. The tradition ended long before the radio station officially closed its doors in 2008. In 2017, the tradition was reignited by Keane Enterprises, which purchased the 18-acre shopping center in June 2017.

“We want families to experience the many Leesburg traditions from the past that have made Leesburg so unique,” Keane President Brian Cullen said. “And, how more unique can you get than Santa arriving by helicopter? We brought back this tradition last year and it was a huge success.”

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Joseph Dill